Tell your Representative to Vote Yes on Amendment Requiring that Foreign Military Bases Be Justified

We need the U.S. House of Representatives to pass an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would require the military to submit to Congress the cost and the supposed national security benefits of all overseas bases and operations. This is Amendment #223 here. The sponsor is Rep. Ilhan Omar.

In this video, at 5:21, Rep. Omar makes the case for a need to justify foreign military bases, not just blindly fund unlimited and unknown empire. At 5:25 Rep. Adam Smith makes the case as well. The text of the amendment is found here and pasted below.

We also want a yes vote on Amendment #221 from Rep. Omar, prohibiting U.S. military bases in Somalia.

[Rules #223–revised] AMENDMENT TO RULES COMMITTEE OFFERED BY MS. OMAR OF MINNESOTA At the end of subtitle G of title X, insert the following: SEC. 10. REPORT ON FINANCIAL COSTS OF OVERSEAS UNITED STATES MILITARY POSTURE AND OPERATIONS. Not later than March 1, 2020, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report on the financial costs and national security benefits of each of the following for fiscal year 2019: (1) Operating, improving, and maintaining overseas military infrastructure at installations included on the enduring location master list, including adjustments that take into account direct or in-kind contributions made by the host nations of such enduring locations. (2) Operating, improving, and maintaining overseas military infrastructure supporting forward-deployed forces at overseas contingency locations, including adjustments that take into account direct or in-kind contributions made by the host nations of such enduring locations. (3) Overseas military operations, including support to contingency operations, rotational deployments, and training exercise.


At the end of subtitle G of title XII, add the following: SEC. l. PROHIBITION ON USE OF FUNDS TO ESTABLISH ANY MILITARY INSTALLATION OR BASE FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING FOR THE PERMANENT STATIONING OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES IN SOMALIA. None of the funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act or otherwise made available to the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2020 may be obligated or expended to establish any military installation or base for the purpose of providing for the permanent stationing of United States Armed Forces in Somalia.








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